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While too many other house producers seem to get lost in the studio and come out with the sweepings off the floor as their new releases (gee, thanks), or some tedious extended offering that'll send you to sleep halfway through (zzzz), Motor City Drum Ensemble's Danilo Plessow never loses sight of a) the soul, and b) the dancefloor. After two previous offerings in his essential "Raw Cuts" series, he's back with numbers 5 and 6 here, dropping some seriously good house music. Simplicity is the key here, with "#5" slotting together some block party chatter (pinched from Tom Browne's "Funkin' For Jamaica"?), a solid 4/4 kick, some shuffling percussion, a hint of a funky guitar lick, a female vocal snippet and an insistent organ line. Instant hit alert! "# 6" fires up the Fender Rhodes as well as the pace and pulls us in the direction of the dancefloor. MCDE rules!